The summer season is fast approaching, which means everyone is about to see a whole lot of the Two Buttons Deep squad at events all throughout the Capital Region. And when we recently reconfirmed our media sponsorship for Schenectady County Summer Night coming up on July 12, some hazy memories from last summer resurfaced in my brain, and ever since, there’s been something I’ve been meaning to get off my chest.
I think I need to return to Summer Night in 2019 and…find Free Hugs guy. Not just find him, though, hug him. Yeah, I said it.
Last year at the event, I was just minutes away from taking a trip to Urgent Care for some bizarre and unbearable eye pain. And in the midst of my discomfort, I rejected a free hug from who’s now known to us as Free Hugs guy. Makes sense, right? Well, not to everyone. Jack publicly SHAMED ME for rejecting said hug, even though he knew I was uncomfortable enough being on camera all night in so much pain. But yes, Jack somehow felt in his heart that I owed this sweaty, overly enthusiastic dancing man a hug. I disagreed, clearly, and then we got this really good GIF out of it –so that part was good for the story at least.
Now, almost a year later, I’m starting to feel the guilt set in and I think my mission during this year’s video is that I need to go find Free Hugs guy and give him a hug. I look at that GIF and wonder, did I really hurt Free Hugs guy’s feelings? Am I complete and total bitch for not accepting a free hug, when in fact even though hugs are always free, they are almost always great and heartwarming? There’s a lot going on in my head right now and I have to consider doing the right thing and having myself a sweaty, groovy and long-awaited hug of a lifetime.
What do you think, guys? Do I need to take the road to redemption? Stay tuned and feel free to chime in here –we might need to take this one to the polls and see if I really need to put myself up to this. I’m down for whatever…almost.